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Voters Shrug as Energized House Democrats Vow Action on Climate

  • Making climate a marquee issue brings political risks, rewards
  • Global warming more polarizing than abortion, polls show
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Polls show climate change still lags behind health care, jobs, immigration and the federal budget deficit among voters’ priorities.

But Democrats, under pressure from activists on the left, plan to make it a marquee issue when they take over the House of Representatives next month. It’s a strategy with some peril for a party that lost its majority in the chamber after, among other things, passing a sweeping cap-and-trade bill in 2009 that died in the Senate.